MANCHESTER (ENGLAND) – Anthony Martial attack by José Mourinho. The Roma coach ended up in the crosshairs of the 26-year-old French striker, returned to Manchester United from loan to Sevilla and star of a complicated relationship with the ‘Special One’ at the time when the latter was driving the ‘Red Devils’.
The jersey number
“It all started with the story of the jersey number“Martial said in an interview with ‘France Football’ referring to the decision to strip him of United’s number 9 after the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016. “During the holidays – continued the French – Mourinho texted me to ask if I wanted to switch to number 11, explaining that it’s great because it was worn by Ryan Giggs, a club legend. I tell him that I have the utmost respect for Giggs, but I prefer to keep the number 9. When I returned instead under mine there was the number 11 and the story didn’t end well, because he I lacked respect“.
The arrival of Sanchez
They didn’t go down in Martial the criticisms of Mourinhowho accused him of being a “spoiled boy” and wanting to play as a striker “for the wrong reasons”. An attitude he has annoyed the center forward born in 1995: “He talked about me in the press, small phrases, a bit like he did with Benzema at Real Madrid. He likes these little games, but he also knows who to do them with. He knew I was 20 then and that if I said anything I would pass for the disrespectful young man. So I didn’t say anything, it would have been useless. In the following season I was the best of the team in the first part of the season, but him brought Alexis Sanchez and from there I hardly played any more “.
The accusation against Solskjaer
Also arrows for SolskjaerMourinho’s successor on the United bench that Martial accuses of “betrayal” for not having defended him from criticism in the period in which he played injured: “People don’t know but in the four months following the Covid season I sacrificed myself, because the coach told me that he needed me. It wasn’t easy and he never bothered to say it, obviously in the end I got injured for good and when I got back I wasn’t playing anymore. I took it very badly and tried a sense of injusticeyou are asked to sacrifice yourself for the team and behind the scenes you get fired. For me it is almost a betrayal. This is all I hate. I can be blamed, but not for being false “..
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